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Rosa’s turn

To heck with Bayreuth and Salzburg, Glimmerglass and Santa Fe as Rosa Feola sang Mozart at Lincoln Center Friday night and I wouldn’t have been anywhere else!  Read more »

Aggrieved is the glorious work

The malodorous work behold amaz’d.

After a more than two month hiatus from reviewing, I was psyched. One of music’s soaring miracles and one of my very favorite works—Haydn’s Die Schöpfung—was being performed by an intriguing, buzzed-about conductor leading her own period-instrument orchestra and acclaimed chamber chorus in a provocative staging by the controversial Catalan theater collective La Fura dels Baus. What could go wrong? As it turned out: just about everything!  Read more »

Bernstein’s Mess

In lieu of a parterre box review of Mostly Mozart’s Mass (none of the our bullpen showed any interest in taking the piece on), here’s what Zachary Woolfe has to say: “I think that if it’s not [Bernstein’s] worst, it surely reflects his worst tendencies: his allergy to self-editing, his saccharine streak, his embarrassing wordplay, his obsession with (and tone-deafness toward) youth culture, his weak counterfeits of pop styles.” [New York Times]

Mostly Mozart in the Jungle

In terms of sheer thematic diversity, last night’s gala opener for the 2017 Mostly Mozart festival was more-than-mostly terrific, juxtaposing the Austrian prodigy’s “Haffner” Symphony with choral works performed by the exceptional Young People’s Chorus of New York CityRead more »

That’s how they did it

Idomeneo proved enormously moving while a much more complicated Così fan Tutte went for shallow romantic hijinks stripping that work of its darkly ambiguous disturbing view of love.

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Everything is illuminated

Few new operas have received the near-unanimous acclaim that has greeted Written on Skin since its first performance at the 2012 Aix-en-Provence Festival.

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Practical magic

Notable purveyor of mayhem and infanticide Medea has lately been missing from the local operatic scene, but Sunday afternoon sections of the recently renovated Alice Tully Hall were singed by Canadian soprano Dominique Labelle’s blazing incarnation of the Greek sorceress.

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A boozy short leave

After 23 years, the Queen of Carthage has finally made it to Manhattan.

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